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times3 as the sun was setting and It started to get
cold on the butte, we would all huddle close to-
gether in the gathering darkness—and just sit and
think. Though powerless little children, we, like ,
all youngsters,, felt a great responsibility In the
things that were going on about us. We felt
that if our old people would let us fight we could
soon clear up the situation, I suppose all boys
are like that.

We would go back to our camp and ask our
fathers if there was going to be a war. And they
would say:

'No5 we are going to try to eat cows/ Which
meant that they were going to try to eat the
white man's food and live peaceably. The men-
tion of the sweet-smelling cow made us all sick.
We had been used to the strong^ goatlike smell of
the buffalo, and we could not imagine eating meat
which smelt so sweet and sickly as the cows we
had passed with our hands over our noses.

While we were still marking time like this,
something happened north of us which brought
great excitement among the Indians and caused
considerable alarm among the white settlers of
this region.

Indian runners came into our camp and told us
that the famous Indian outlaw Almighty Voice
had come out of his two years of hiding in the
wilderness, and that he was now going to 'fight It